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It’s hard to beat the sheer convenience of leaving the driving – and all the frustrations that go with it – to someone else. If you’re harmed by an Uber driver’s negligence, however, it can add an additional layer of complication to an already complex matter. Fortunately, an experienced Syracuse Uber accident attorney can help you obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled and that you need to reach your most complete recovery.

Uber Drivers and Distracted Driving

Uber drivers accept a heavy load of responsibility, and in the process of ferrying passengers safely from place to place, they also have a number of built-in distractions to contend with, including all the following:

  • Uber drivers must remain in constant contact with the Uber app behind the wheel.
  • Uber drivers are required to frequently engage in some of the riskiest driving tasks, including entering and exiting traffic and stopping and starting.
  • Uber drivers often find themselves navigating areas they’re not familiar with or have never driven in before.
  • Some Uber drivers push themselves beyond the limits of safety – in terms of how long they spend behind the wheel – in order to continue earning.
  • To top everything else off, Uber drivers have to locate their passengers on the fly.

Understanding Which Insurance Provider to File Your Claim With

A lot of the confusion when it comes to Uber accidents relates to knowing which insurance provider – or providers – to file the accident claims with. Let’s break down the possibilities here:

  • If you are a passenger in the Uber, if the Uber driver has a passenger other than you, or if the Uber driver is on the way to pick up a passenger, you’ll file your claim with Uber’s provider, and you can expect comprehensive coverage.
  • If the Uber driver is waiting for a passenger request to be assigned to them at the time of the accident, you’ll file your claim with the driver’s personal policy, which Uber requires the driver to carry. If this policy falls short, however, you can seek additional compensation through Uber’s provider.
  • If the Uber driver isn’t on the app at the time of the accident – even if they just toggled off – you’ll file your claim with the driver’s provider just like you would in any car accident claim.

It’s important to point out that if your injuries are serious and Uber’s coverage is triggered, you may need to file a claim with the driver’s provider and with Uber’s provider.

An Experienced Syracuse Uber Accident Attorney is on Your Side

The practiced Syracuse Uber accident attorneys at Steve Foley Law Firm recognize how important your claim is to your overall recovery, and we are committed to zealously advocating for just compensation that covers your losses in their entirety. We are on your side and here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us online or call 716-249-2222 for more information about what we can do for you today.